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Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Design Awards

IDEA 2005
The Industrial Design Excellence Awards (IDEA), sponsored by BusinessWeek magazine and IDSA, has gone international! This competition is now open to all designs, students and designers from around the world.

All designs from the past two years, no matter where they were designed, or who designed them can now enter this prestigious competition. Winning an IDEA award is a distinction like no other that brands your design as the very best among your peers, clients and consumers. Now winning an IDEA award will not only distinguish your design as the best in the U.S., but globally!

Judging Criteria
The IDEA05 judgment is based on the following five criteria:

Innovation: how is the design new and unique?
Aesthetics: how does the appearance enhance the product?
User: how does the design solution benefit the user?
Earth: how is the project ecologically responsible?
Business: How did the design improve the client's business?

Judging Process
The judging is blind: the designers, their names and the names of consulting firms may not appear anywhere in the entry kit. Failure to abide by this rule results in immediate disqualification. Names of manufacturing companies/clients may appear.

Jurors, their immediate families or the companies they are employed by may NOT enter work the year they are jurors.

The jurors meet for three-and-a-half days, during which time they read, view and score the information presented in every entry kit.

Each entry is scored on its own rating sheet based on how well it meets the criteria of design excellence: innovation, benefit to user, benefit to client, ecological responsibility and appropriate aesthetics.

All criteria receive equal weight in scoring and award selection.
QuickTime or Windows Media Player videos of the designs in use (avi or wmv), as well as photos, augment the essay information the jurors review in scoring each entry.

IDEA 2005 Timeline
February 11, 2005: Entries must be submitted online by 5 pm eastern time. IDSA must also receive a minimum of one printed picture and any supporting material by 5 pm
February 11, 2005, 5:01 pm eastern time through February 18, 2005, 5 pm eastern time: Submissions may be submitted online and the supporting material may be received at the IDSA office with the purchase of an extended deadline fee of $110 USD per entry.
Mid April, 2005: Winners are notified by IDSA.
June 24, 2005: Winners are announced to the public and the July 4th issue of BusinessWeek magazine, featuring the IDEA winners is on the stands!
August 27, 2005: IDEA Ceremony and Party at the IDSA 2005 National Conference in Washington, DC.

the iF product design award "concepts" category for students

For the fifth time, design students are invited to enter the free "concept" competition. This special award for talented new designers is not only a good opportunity to gauge your own skills, pit your talents against other budding designers and gain some initial experience of adjudication criteria. It also represents a unique prospect for gaining public exposure and letting prospective employers find out about you.

With prize money of EUR 10,000, the iF concepts design award boasts one of the richest stakes of any young-designer competition.

In 2006 the British innovations and technology enterprise Dyson is once again sponsoring the iF product design award "concepts" category for students. For the first time, the concepts award purse of EUR 10,000 is being supplemented by an additional EUR 5,000 for the "Dyson Innovation Award," reserved for the most innovative concept.

Out of all the entries submitted, the Jury may submit a maximum of 20 winners, who will receive a share of the total purse in different amounts, to be fixed by the jury.

Experimental designs focusing particularly on issues of sustainability and which can belong to any of the iF product design award categories, and which are judged by the following criteria:Design - with all the relevant aspects such as functionality, choice of materials, ergonomics, user interface, visualization of use, aesthetics, ecologyTechnology - in the sense of plausibility with regard to functionalityInnovation and conceptionAnalysis of prerequisitesFeasibility in terms of processes and costs

Registration deadline: September 15th. 2005
Delivery of competition entries: October 31th. 2005


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